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NEWS: California Democrats at odds over budget surplus

In the wake of a financial surplus due to the passage of Proposition 30, The Reporter reports Governor Brown, who has pledged to maintain fiscal restraint and build a cash reserve, faces pent-up pressure from members of his own party to go on a social programs spending spree with the additional revenue.

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ARTICLE: Legislative Employees Still Get a Sweet Deal

As the state economy continues to plunge, Legislators retain some of the "cushiest" employee benefits imaginable. These include, lifetime health coverage after five years, $50,000 life insurance funds, paid vacations of up to six weeks a year and, of course, six-figure salaries. This article in the Sacramento Bee reports.  Read more >>

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ARTICLE: New Bill Could Expand CRV Charge

HJTA president Jon Coupal is quoted on ABC7 news regarding the new bill that could double the CRV charge to bottles and cans. Though California already has a relatively high recycle rate, lawmakers have submitted this bill to add an extra $300 million to the CRV fund. As Coupal states, this bill looks and acts like a tax.

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ARTICLE: Rules Strangling Economy

This article in the Santa Maria Times describes how California’s mounding debt is threatening to tip over into state bankruptcy. Even with the recall of Governor Gray Davis, state spending has continued to grow and the economy has continued to shrink. This is due in large part to the state's stranglehold on business activities through extensive environmental regulations.

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ARTICLE: Legislators' Car Budgets Cost Millions

This article in the Los Angeles Times exposes the millions of taxpayer dollars being spent on personal vehicles and transportation for state lawmakers. Meanwhile, budget cuts are beginning to affect programs in the fields of health and education, leaving thousands unemployed. What’s wrong with this picture?

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